The Shocking Origins and Meanings of 5 Famous Dark Nursery Rhymes

Come catch a pail of unholy water

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We fondly remember nursery rhymes from our childhood. I’m sure you can even recall most of them by heart, or at least hum along when it pops up from time to time.

But did you ever stop to wonder where these ancient rhapsodies came from? Turns out, a lot of them are a…



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J.J. Pryor

J.J. Pryor

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